Junior Cyclones leave Redskins feeling blue


Photo by Dave Boyd
Pressured in the pocket, T.A. Dugger quarterback Wes Anderson prepares to unload the ball. No. 80 for the Jr. Cyclones is Ryan Birchfield.

By Ivan Sanders
STAR STAFF
isanders@starhq.com
Ross N. Robinson gave a new meaning to the meaning "Indian Giver" as the Redskins fumbled away its first four possessions against the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones on Tuesday evening at Brown-Childers Stadium.
TAD turned three of the four fumbles into touchdowns to build an 18-0 first-half lead and cruise to victory in the final 16 minutes of play, claiming a 24-8 season-opening win against its opponent from Kingsport.
"I really think the difference in the game came down to the turnovers and the big plays we made," said a pleased TAD coach, John Oakley. "The offensive line did a great job of blocking for Jordan (Coleman) up the middle and allowing Jake (Peters) to run outside.
Justin (Fuqua) was also a shifty little runner out there tonight."
The Jr. Cyclones showed the Redskins right off the bat that the defensive unit came to play. After receiving the opening kickoff and moving to the RNR 49-yard line, TAD's Jesse Potter steamrolled the blocker in front of him to knock the ball out quarterback Justin Sylvester's hands and fall on the lose pigskin.
Using a five-play drive capped off by a Coleman five-yard blast up the middle, TAD cashed in for six with the big play on the drive being a Wes Anderson to Bo Carter 13-yard pass to the five-yard line.
Receiving a penalty for celebrating the touchdown, the extra-point attempt was no good from 18 yards out.
Peters kickoff sailed to the end zone for a touchback to place the ball at the RNR 20-yard line. On the first snap from scrimmage, the exchange between quarterback and running back went south of the border with Anderson falling on the loose ball at the 14-yard line of RNR.
Using a balanced diet of Peters and Wendall Loving to move the ball to the two-yard line, Anderson called the number of Fuqua, who scooted through his lineman for the touchdown. Again, the extra point was no good and the Jr. Cyclones led 12-0 with 1:54 left in the first quarter.
Opening the second quarter at the RNR 25-yard line after Potter's second fumble recover of the game, Coach Oakley called upon speedster Peters to use his afterburners to get into the end zone again.
Peters delivered as he carried the ball 25 yards to pay dirt. The extra point attempt failed and TAD had a commanding 18-0 edge.
Loving forced another turnover as he picked off a Robinson pass at the 25-yard line, only to see the clock expire to bring the teams to the intermission.
The second half was controlled by the defense for the most part as Carter, Loving, Coleman, Potter and Evan Ellis played havoc in the Redskins offensive scheme. Thomas Roddy and Ryan Birchfield also contributed with a solid outing for the Jr. 'Clones.
An intercepted pass by Peters at the RNR 40-yard line sealed the game as the speed merchant covered the distance for the final six points for TAD. A 10-yard touchdown jaunt by Robinson back Trevor McNew was too little too late as time quickly expired on any comeback attempt.
Said Oakley: "I told them this was just the first step, and don't expect all the games to be like this one. We want to get over this one quickly because we have Erwin coming here next Tuesday, and we want to be ready when they come."
7th Grade Game
Ross N. Robinson 18
T.A. Dugger 8
TAD found Robinson's seventh grade team to be one tough group of Redskins as RNR recorded the 18-8 victory in the evening's first game.
Robinson quarterback Marvin Henson ran the bootleg to perfection, resulting in two touchdowns, each from 40 yards out, to pace his team. Bradley Baker added a 16-yard run in the second period to close out RNR's scoring.
Deon Pickett set up the Jr. Cyclones' only score of the contest by breaking loose on a 34-yard run to the RNR 1-yard line. Julian Smith scored on a plunge to put TAD on the board.
Zack Montgomery fell on the fumbled extra point attempt to give the Jr. Cyclones the two-point conversion.
Smith finished the game with 60 yards on 11 carries, with Pickett adding 36 yards on four carries. Zach Coggins was the leader on defense, ringing up eight tackles and forcing a fumble.
Schaun Carter added five stops, with Jerry Berkley contributing four tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception. Bruce Crumley and Jared Lyons covered one fumble each as well for TAD.